Vietnam, Russia hold first strategic dialogue

Vietnam and Russia took bilateral relations to a new stage, holding their first strategic dialogue in Ha Noi yesterday.

The Vietnamese and Russian delegations were headed respectively by Permanent Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Pham Binh Minh, and Minister of Foreign Affairs, A.I. Denisov.

The two sides had in depth discussions on a number of global issues, but focused mainly on the Asia-Pacific region.

They also examined challenges to global security and development, particularly those aspects affecting Vietnam and Russia, including economic security.
Also high on the agenda were measures to strengthen coordination at international and regional forums to help both nations contribute further to peace, stability and prosperity.

The dialogue followed a high-level commitment made during Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung’s visit to Russia in September 2007.

Also yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem received Russian head delegate Denisov.

By T.Nam, translated by Thanh Huong

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